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"If you are a..." Top 5 Page for this destination Paraguay Off The Beaten Path Tip by eduar68

Paraguay Off The Beaten Path: 17 reviews and 22 photos

If you are a history/art/religion bluff, try to make a tour visiting the churches or ruins from the jesuits and other religious orders. Paraguay was probably the place of the first modern utopia. The 'reducciones guraniticas' were places where the missionaries teached indians crafts, music and other jobs. The missions were so powerful economically that challenged the power of either portuguese or spanish empires. They were finally expelled from these countries and their possesions. Many of the missions were destroyed to various degrees but still there are churches in the country that show the influence of the missions in the country.
One of these is in the town of Yaguaron (about 45-60 min drive off Asuncion). Inside a very basic building, there are many wonderful carvings from the 17-18th century, most of them done by indians. Even the doors are works of art. The pulpit and the confesionaries have also golden motives. I believe is a nice way to enjoy an afternoon in Paraguay.

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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